How It Works

How Online High School Works

Who can attend?

The Texas Virtual Academy at Hallsville (TVAH) high school program serves students in grades 9–12 who reside in the state of Texas.

What are the costs?

Because TVAH is part of the public school system, it’s tuition-free. Enrolled families receive the K12 curriculum. Eligible families may qualify for a loaner computer and printer.

Working with Your Teacher

While online lessons can usually be completed at any time of day, students will be required to attend live Class Connect sessions with their teacher(s) based on the student’s individual needs. During Class Connect sessions, students will receive direct instruction from teachers and have opportunities to interact and collaborate with classmates. In addition to regular, synchronous classroom instruction, teachers may offer support or small group sessions to assist in student learning. Parents/Learning Coaches are encouraged to contact their child’s homeroom teacher any time they have questions or concerns.

At TVAH, student learning and academic growth are paramount. While we offer a level of flexibility, we recognize the importance of classroom pacing and the need for students to complete their work based on set due dates.

TVAH high school uses a semester-based approach where students are required to earn a passing grade of 70% or above on their assignments and online lessons. Due dates are assigned to lessons to encourage consistent, steady progress for academic success. 

Attending teacher-led, direct-instruction, online synchronous Class Connect sessions, along with completing coursework, will help students be successful.


Email is the primary form of communication between the school and families. Learning Coaches and students are required to check and respond to emails on a daily basis.

Time Commitment

High school students are expected to spend 6 hours per course per week. A student who takes 5 courses and spends 6 hours per week on each one is devoting approximately 30 hours per week to his or her course work.

Teachers provide group assistance via online synchronous sessions called “Class Connect.” Students are expected to attend these sessions in order to meet with teachers and receive course assistance, tutoring, and instruction. These sessions vary by subject and are scheduled by your teacher.


TVAH students must comply with all Texas-mandated testing requirements.